Monthly Archives: March 2012

Guest Author Interview with Aimee Laine

Lexi Shepherd’s knack for finding whatever is asked of her isn’t sheer luck. It’s a gift from the Greek god Zeus.
That Lexi doesn’t use her ability to search for “Mr. Right” comes from one of many personal rules she has set for herself. Number one is not to let fate dictate her future.
Falling in love with Tripp breaks all the others.
Despite her principles, Lexi’s unable to stay away from the bad boy, and she finds herself toeing the grey line of the law for him.
Zeus, though, didn’t give Lexi and Tripp their talents to make their relationship a simple, easy alliance. He designed it to be exactly the opposite. Impossible. Always.
With their separation, Lexi expects Tripp to forfeit love in favor of destiny. He, on the other hand, intends to beat Zeus at his own game. With a plan in place, Tripp challenges Lexi to take the one action no one else can.
Find him.
The question isn’t can she … but will she?

Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.
With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.

Ms. Laine will now take your questions:

1. How and when did you get started as a writer?

A: I started writing in May 2009. I wrote my first novel (which is hidden under a cloud of dust now) in 60 days. Since then I’ve written 10 novels and am a week away from finishing the 11th.

2. What attracted you to the paranormal romance genre?

A: I like immersing myself in a world that exists but doesn’t exist. I like dealing with problems that aren’t just normal ones.

3. When you started writing, was there any message or philosophy you wanted to convey?

A: Love conquers all. Cliche, yes, but that’s my theory on life.

4. The fox and hound premise in Hide and Seek is brilliant. How did you come up with the idea?

A: It’s not as exciting as you might think … because it was a little by accident. I was looking for something else and came upon the Fox. Then I found the Hound. Then I had to read the myth and as sunk. Totally and absolutely hooked. And that was completely by accident.

5. Have you always been interested in Greek mythology?

A: Not exactly, but I love myths and since they are based on ‘people’ of sorts, they fit well by fitting those myths into ‘real’ people.

6. Hide and Seek is so romantic. How did you meet your guy? Was it love at first sight, or did he have to chase you?

A: I am a true romantic. I love to think of all the ways I’d want to be treated and then triple the romance. As for my guy … we met in high school, when I was 14. that was 24 years ago! We married when I was 20 (right before my Junior year at NC State). It was something at first sight, yes. We saw each other across the band room and from that moment, things progressed. Literally and very very slowly.

7. Tripp is straight up hot. Do your characters come from people you’ve known in your life or strictly imagination?

A: Heheheheheeee He is hot, isn’t he? He is my badest bad-boy character and there is no one I know who’s like him. I took all sorts of things I love about my own husband, about my friends and cousins and coworkers and combined them but let Tripp’s character come out as I wrote him.

8. Are you anything like the character Lexi?

A: Yes, I am. In that I’m really very conservative and am more a wallflower than her sister Emma. I used to joke that my sister was a social butterfly. I had my guy and that was it. Lexi’s a lot like that. She sticks to what works and doesn’t change much and that makes it doubly hard for her to accept Tripp.

9, What do you like to do when you’re not reading?

A: I’m also a photographer and a mom, so if I’m not reading or writing, I’m photographing or working (I have a full-time job, too) or dealing with my 14 year old and my 7 year old twins.

10. What’s your idea of the ‘perfect date’?

A: Any date my husband plans. I’m really not kidding.

11, Describe your favorite type of hero.

A: I want a man who’s strong but not overbearing, willing to let his woman fail and succeed, willing to support and encourage her and willing to push her when she needs it. I do not like heros who do it all FOR her or who think they know best. Tripp’s got a little bit of all of that, still even thinking he knows best at times and that, too, pushes Lexi away, but in the end, he is the perfect guy. 😉

12. Do you have more adventures planned for Tripp and Lexi?

A: I have some ideas and they do show up in book two of the series (Silent Echoes). You’ll just have to wait for that one!

13. What’s next for you as a writer?

A: Well … Surrender, Book 2 in the Mimics of Rune series comes out in September and in October, my alter-ego, Emi Gayle has a debut YA novel called After Dark coming out!

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Aimee. It was great having you!

♦ Please note:  Aimee is an adult romance writer.

Kick Butt Characters Giveaway Hop

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Thanks to our awesome co-hosts I’m a reader, not a writer, and Good Choice Reading for this great hop!

My featured kick-butt character is Tris, and the giveaway prize is a hardcover copy of  …

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

I haven’t enjoyed a heroine in a YA dystopian this much since Katniss and the Hunger Games! Tris is a beast, and Four, her instructor, is too cool. I eagerly await the sequel (Insurgent). If you haven’t read Divergent yet, you’re in for a wild ride.

Hope you win! Just leave a comment about your favorite kick-butt character. One lucky winner will be picked at random on 3/29 to recieve this book.

I’m throwing in a autographed bookmark of my upcoming YA novel CRUX, due out 7/9/12.  I love tough female leads, and Birdie can hold her own with the best of them.

Good luck, and don’t forget to click on the logo above to check out all the other sites in the Hop! Have fun.

And…..we have a winner!

I have been dying to read this book. It is always checked out at the library! A really cool kick-butt character new to the book scene is Erin from The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle.

Congrats! Hope you enjoy your copy of the Divergent!

You know you’re addicted to YA when…

1. You have over 100 listed to-be reads on your Goodreads account.

2. You know the difference between, Ash, Puck, Will, Jace, Peta, Patch, Gale, Alex, Travis, Dimitri and Sam … and you have them in order of how hot they are.

3. You know what insta-love is and you have it with the guys in question two.

4. You know who Tessa, Clary, Grace, Brittany, Nora, Katniss and Meghan, are and would happily plot their murders so you could take their place.

5, Y0u regularly visit with vampires, werewolves, fey, dragons, aliens and merfolk and think nothing of it.

6. You think happiness is winning a pre-arc from your favoite author.

7. You know what listopia is.

8. You have long discussions with your reader friends on forums about which is a better sub genre, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, steam punk, or contemporary.

9. You blog about and like to review young adult books.

10. You would rather read the book than see the movie.

It’s a sickness I tell you! Can you think of other tell tale signs you’ve caught the fever?

Books made into movies

Okay, we all know about this one …

And I for one can’t wait. What are other Young Adult books you’d like to see made into movies? Other than my own (Ha ha. Okay, sorry, I had to. ) I’d love to see the following awesome titles made into movies. What do you think of my choices? What about you? What’s your pick?


I could keep going but these are my favs.

Cover Art On All Things Urban Fantasy

Hi guys,

Check it out …

All Things Urban Fantasy

I’m so excited. Feedback from Julia and Abigail on the cover of my debut novel Crux can be seen here … … along with with eleven other new titles, including Aimee Laine’s, Surrender.

I’m happy to have received two thumbs up, and thrilled for the artist Francisco Etchart, who is so talented, not to mention a really nice guy.